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Japanese Climbing Fern

Japanese Climbing Fern - Invasive.org

Scientific name: Lygodium japonicum (Thunb. ex Murr.) Sw.

Synonym: Ophioglossum japonicum

Common name: Japanese climbing fern

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Native To: Asia and Australia (Leichty et al. 2011)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Early 1900s (Leichty et al. 2011)

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Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental (Leichty et al. 2011)

Impact: Smothers native vegetation by blocking sunlight and increases fire risk by allowing fire to spread up trees along its vines (Minogue et al. 2009)

Current U.S. Distribution: Southeastern U.S., Hawaii

U.S. States and U.S. National Parks Where Reported Invasive: Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States map

Management Plans: Plants / Japanese climbing fern

Selected Internet Resources:

Federal Government

Lygodium japonicum
Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
Taxonomy

Lygodium japonicum Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Research

Lygodium japonicum (Thunb.) Sw. - Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.
Taxonomy; Legal Aspects

Weed Risk Assessment: Lygodium microphyllum (Old world climbing fern), Lygodium japonicum (Japanese climbing fern), and Lygodium flexuosum (May 2009; PDF | 669 KB)
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Identification/Description; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Legal Aspects

Lygodium japonicum, L. microphyllum - Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Japanese Climbing Fern - A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests
USDA. FS. Southern Research Station.; Bugwood Wiki.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Habitat; Dispersion

Pest Alert: Japanese Climbing Fern (Jul 1999; PDF | 2.68 MB)
USDA. FS. Southern Research Station.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution; Dispersion

Plant Profile for Lygodium japonicum - PLANTS Database
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
Taxonomy; Photographs; Illustrations; Distribution; Legal Aspects

Southern Wetland Flora: Japanese Climbing Fern
DOI. USGS. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Habitat; Distribution

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State Government

Japanese Climbing Fern
Alabama Forestry Commission.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Dispersion; Controls

Japanese Climbing Fern - Plants of Alabama (PDF | 171 KB)
Alabama Forestry Commission.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Controls

Weed Alert: Japanese climbing fern
Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Bureau of Invasive Plant Management.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution

Invasive Vegetation - Japanese Climbing Fern (PDF | 1.08 MB)
Brevard County Natural Resources (Florida).
Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

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University/Academic

Japanese Climbing Fern - Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution

Lygodium japonicum - Identification and Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas (PDF | 79 KB)
University of Florida.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution

Lygodium japonicm: Japanese climbing fern (PDF | 528 KB)
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Distribution; Dispersion

Japanese climbing fern (Lygodium japonicum)
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle; Distribution

Lygodium japonicum and Lygodium microphyllum - Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative in the Parks
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants; Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Lygodium japonicum (Thunb. ex Murr.) Sw. - Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth
Mississippi State University. GeoResources Institute.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Legal Aspects

Japanese Climbing Fern - Forest Management Sheet (PDF | 85 KB)
Texas A&M University. Texas Forest Service.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Habitat; Dispersion; Controls

Japanese Climbing Fern: A Threat to Texas' Forests (Nov 2005; PDF | 589 KB)
Texas A&M University. Texas Forest Service.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

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International

Lygodium japonicum (fern) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Database
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Organizations

Lygodium Management Plan for Florida (2001; PDF | 926 KB)
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. Lygodium Task Force.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Legal Aspects

Japanese climbing fern - Invasive Weeds in Georgia
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Japanese climbing fern
Guide to Invasive Plants of the Galveston Bay Area.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Japanese climbing fern
Invasive.org.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History

Lygodium japonicum
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Habitat; Distribution

Lygodium japonicum
TexasInvasives.org.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Citations

Leichty, E.R., B.J. Carmichael, and W.J. Platt. 2011. Invasion of a southeastern pine savanna by Japanese climbing fern. Castanea 76(3):293-299.

Minogue, P.J., S. Jones, K.K. Bohn, and R.L. Williams. 2009. Biology and control of Japanese climbing fern (Lygodium japonicum) University of Florida IFAS Extension. Publication #FOR218.

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